Sheriff's office damage

The Cullman County Sheriff's Office's training facility sustained damage from the March 19 hail storm.

After months of temporary measures to keep things moving at the Cullman County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office in the wake of a March hail storm that caused extensive roof damage, bid awards went out Tuesday to finally get started on a permanent fix.

The Cullman County Commission approved a trio of bid awards for roof replacement at its regular meeting Tuesday, tallying up an insurance-covered total roofing bill approaching $1 million.

Bids were awarded separately for the three structural areas at the sheriff’s office complex affected by the hail damage. The detention center roof will cost the most to replace by far, with the commission awarding the lowest qualifying bid of $679,895 to Willoughby Roofing.  

Willoughby Roofing was also awarded the job of replacing the roof at the sheriff’s office’s new training center, at a cost to the county of $39,812. Replacing the roof at the sheriff’s office itself will fall to Construction Specialty Associates, Inc., which won the job at a bid of $123,000.

In other business at its regular meeting, the commission: 

• Authorized a $29,384 reimbursement to the sheriff’s office for the purchase of three Sally Port Doors at the detention center.

• Authorized a $56,299 payment to the North Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) for dues and other annual obligations for 2019.

• Approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford Explorer from Long Lewis Ford, via the state bid list, for the probate office at a cost of $24,948.50.

• Approved the acceptance of the lowest quoted price for HVAC replacement at the old water department building on U.S. Highway 31 South, provided the quoted costs fall beneath the state-required $50,000 bid threshold.

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 in the commission meeting room at the Cullman County Courthouse. An 8:30 a.m public work session will precede the meeting in the commission conference room.

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 145.

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